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Monday, October 31, 2011

October is Over Already??

I cannot believe that the month of October is over already, but this fall month has proven to be my favorite month of the year yet again. This month is full of wonderful, exciting activities that transitions into colder weather.

Kicking off with the Purdue- Notre Dame football night game could not have been a better start- so many tailgates, so little time! Although we lost that game, it remains as one of the most enjoyable memories of my entire Purdue experience.

Another grand event of October is Fall Break! It not only gives the students a break from the daily study grind, but it also lets many people go home to visit their families, while others go on a mini-vacation. This year for fall break I went home to see my family and it charged me up to study for the midterms I had the following weeks.

My favorite part of October, though, is the changing from summer to fall. The air gets crisper, and the numerous trees decorating campus turn from a fresh green color to their fall disguise. Deep reds and brilliant golds contrast against the blue sky and bring the red brick of the buildings into full view. During this time of October, I fully notice the beauty of campus and realize how lucky I am to be able to call Purdue my home.

--- Lauren Rosswurm

One of my most exciting experiences!

One of the most exciting experiences I have had since I’ve been to Purdue happened two weekends ago on the Friday night of the 2011 Homecoming weekend when I was crowned the Purdue 2011 Homecoming Queen. Last year as a junior I was nominated to apply and decided to fill out the lengthy application to be named to the Homecoming Court. I received a very exciting email in May that I was chosen to represent Purdue on the Homecoming Court along with several of my friends and my boyfriend as well. What was even more exciting was that my boyfriend and I were on the same ticket, allowing him to be my escort and for us to campaign together.
We began helping with a PSUB event during BGR week and continued helping with events all the way up to the day of the Pep Rally and Parade. This allowed us to get to know the other candidates and get our faces out to the Purdue students. A week and a half before the Homecoming game, we began campaigning by hanging our posters around everywhere on campus from Residence Halls to academic buildings, to businesses down on Chauncey to fraternity and sorority houses. We made t-shirts for all of our friends that had a cute “Lion King” theme, with the statement “Oh I just can’t wait to (maybe) be King/Queen” and our names on the back. This was when students could start voting and it was a really exciting time for me seeing how many of my friends, specifically my sorority, really supported me. I felt so loved and excited to see so many of my friends posting status’ on Facebook to vote for me and wearing my t-shirts around campus proudly.

As the Friday of Homecoming week approached, I was so excited to enjoy the weekend and create a memory I knew I would never forget. The parade was unforgettable, riding in the back of a white Mustang convertible, along with many floats decorated to the “Superhero” theme of Homecoming this year. After the parade, we arrived at Slayter hill where we were introduced to the crowd. After the Court was introduced they quickly named the Purdue Homecoming Queen and last year’s Queen gave me a crown, sash and bouquet of flowers. Right after, Gabe Clark, a good friend of mine, was crowned the 2011 Homecoming Queen. As you can imagine, I could hardly believe what had just happened but was so honored to represent Purdue. I was so happy to see all of my sisters, friends and family out in the crowd cheering so loudly for me. It was one of the happiest moments I’ve ever had.

The next day the festivities continued with a tailgate in the morning, a speech outside Armstrong, and the opportunity to go on the field during half-time at the game and shake hands with our President, President Cordova. The weekend was a happy blur of good memories and an unforgettable experience that I will always cherish.

--- Kaylie Waltz

My thoughts from October:

With October comes the start of wrestling season for me. Time commitment goes up without a doubt, but I can still balance the school work and ambassador work with the wrestling.

Wrestling isn't the spectator sport that football and basketball are, but you should consider watching. Our team is constantly ranked in the top 25 nationally; something our football team can't say. The Big Ten Tournament is going to be held at Purdue this year and the Big Ten is the premiere wrestling conference in the country. The conference top 3 teams end up being the top 3 when nationals roll around. Wrestling is a high intensity fast-paced battle between two athletes, and the entry fee with a student ID is a grand total of $2. Wrestling is a great way to get your athletic fix while staying out of the snow. Our first home meet is Nov 17 in the IAF, and our schedule is posted on www.purduesports.com.

I hope to see some boilers in the stands getting rowdy.

--- Andy Wiseman

Proud to be a Boilermaker :-)

I know this is a little late, as most college students would tell you, October is a very busy month full of lots of projects, papers and tests! But I wanted to let you all know about my fun times at homecoming!

Of course, homecoming weekend was a blast. While I loved being able to meet alumni at the HHS tent, and I loved that our Boilers won, neither of those were my favorite part of the day. My absolute favorite part of the day was seeing a family that my family has been friends with for over 25 years. This family is from Columbus, Ohio. Yep, Buckeye Country! However, their mom is a Purdue Alum, and their dad is an Ohio State Alum. Guess what? Both of the twin girls came to Purdue :-) (I was kind of like a proud older sister that day!) This was the twin girls' first homecoming. The girls' parents and little sister came up for homecoming, and I could tell that the little sister was enjoying the festivities a little too much for the dad. All of the women in the family (Mom, twin daughters, and little sister) were decked out in Purdue gear, while the dad had the nerve to wear his Ohio State hat to Purdue's homecoming weekend. We all gave him such a hard time about it, but he refused to take that hat off! Even though he still showed that he'd rather his daughter's go to Ohio State at the beginning of the day, he still went along with all three of his daughters' enjoyment and participated in many of the homecoming events in the morning. While the girls of that family went to the game, the dad decided he just wanted to walk around campus and get a feel for everything, as, even though his wife is an alum and they've been up for many football games, he'd never really seen the majority of the campus. After the game, the dad finally came out and said that Purdue had a great campus and that he really enjoyed his day here. Wow! Yes, a die hard Buckeye fan actually said that! Now THAT is an October event I'll never forget. :-)

--- Stacy Baker

Fall Fun

Getting out and enjoying the beautiful weather during the fall season is a must. This is typically the time of year that classes start to get really busy with projects, presentations, and exams. Even though your school work should come first, you will also need to take time to have some fun and relax. Going to Exploration Acres in Lafayette, is a good afternoon activity. You can find your way out of one of the largest corn mazes in Indiana, pick your pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, enjoy a hayride, shop at the gift shop, and get some refreshments and the concession stand. It’s relatively cheap and within a 15 minute drive from campus down Hwy 231.

If you can’t find a way to Exploration Acres, Happy Hallow hiking trails are just a walk across campus, on Salisbury Street. These trails have beautiful scenery to enjoy while getting some fresh air and exercise.

Until next time,
--- Bridget Gehlhausen

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thanksgiving is in less than a month!? Since when??

Excuse me, but where in the world did the time go? This is the first week in a longggg time that I actually have time to breathe, so that's probably why you haven't seen a blog from me in awhile. Well, where to begin? First off, I'm semi-stress free!!! All of my graduate school applications for Occupational Therapy have been submitted! I now just have a few supplemental applications that I have to complete, and then it's mainly just a waiting game. I am applying to 9 different schools around the midwest. I couldn't exactly tell you my top choice just because I have yet to visit all of the schools I am applying to. I really just want to see where I will be accepted and then go visit the schools. I decided that would be the logical thing to do since it would save me time AND money.

Other than being occupied with graduate school applications, I've continued working with the Liberal Arts Development and Alumni Relations Office. They've been keeping me super busy this semester with special events going on including Homecoming, the dedication of the brand new Brian Lamb School of Communication, and more! Our own College of Health and Human Sciences has me busy with with the HHS Strategic Planning Committee. We've been busy all semester trying to figure out our college's mission, vision, and goal for the coming years. Our HHS Student Council just held its annual Silent Auction before the Homecoming game. We raised $3880!!!!! ALL funds go towards the Mary Louise Foster Scholarships, which is one of the only student sponsored scholarships left on campus. We were super excited that the auction was so successful. This is the most we have ever received, so we're PUMPED that the scholarships are getting bigger and bigger each year.

Other extracurriculars I've been busy with include: Rotaract Club, Golden Key International Honor Society, Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Club, as well as Purdue Foundation Student Board (PFSB). For Rotaract, we have our annual Trick-or-Treat for Cans coming up. During normal trick-or-treat hours, our organization trick-or-treat for cans rather than candy. All of the can goods will be donated to our local Food Finders Food Bank to help those in need during the holiday season. For Golden Key and OT/PT Club, I am organizing different volunteer ideas such as dog walking for Natalie's Second Chance, which is a no-kill dog shelter, as well as caroling and holiday activities at a local retirement home. For PFSB, we have been busy this semester hosting President's Council tailgates and other fun activities before home football games for returning alumni and their families.

As you can see, my semester has been jam packed with school, extracurriculars, and work. Even my resesarch with Dr. Laura Claxton has been going great! The babies coming into our Lifespan Motor Development Lab for our research studies have been absolutely adorable. I LOVE working with infants, and we have had some super cute ones in the lab lately. Other than all that, life has been going swell. I can't believe that we're almost done with the fall semester. My senior year is flying by wayyyyy too fast! Hope all of you have been having a great year! Always remember....


--- Elise Leung

Fall Happenings

So we’re about halfway through the semester, and a lot is going on at Purdue. One of the things that takes place every semester is scheduling for the next semester. I just did this last week and was informed of some very shocking news. After this semester, I will have completed enough credit hours to be considered a senior! That’s a very scary (but exciting) thought — college really does go as fast as they say it does.

But I have decided on my classes for next semester. One of the classes I’ll be taking is HTM491, which is a class where I will become a certified wine sommelier. This class is a three-day crash course into the world of wine. I’ll learn everything from the different varieties to fermentation. At the end of the course, I will take a test over a three day weekend that only about 50% of people pass! When I get this certification, it will be an excellent addition to my resume. It’s also nice to know that this class is included in my tuition — taking this class elsewhere can cost hundreds of dollars.

Another big move that I’m making this semester is finalizing my plans to study abroad in the fall of 2012. I will be journeying to the great city of Glasgow in Scotland. I will be there from August to December at the University of Strathclyde. I will be a full-time student (just like I would be at Purdue) and all of my class credits will transfer back here. This will be my second time studying abroad, and for those of you who are considering it: do it. Study abroad —whether for a week or a semester — will be one of the greatest decisions you can make. The life experiences you will gain are absolutely priceless, and you will have the time of your life as well. Another great part about this trip is that it is an exchange program which means I pay the Purdue tuition rate; so it’s only marginally more expensive to study abroad.

I hope your fall semester is going as well as mine. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

--- Andrew P. Savitsky
Junior, Hospitality & Tourism Management

Craziness of My Senior Year

The craziness of my senior year has really begun to hit me. The past few weeks have been filled with application after application. I have decided to apply to graduate school along with applying to jobs in my field of study, Public Health Promotions. I truly forgot how stressful the college application process was. The amount of time it takes up is similar to a part-time job. My goal is to finish all of the applications by November 1st. I think the most time-consuming part of the process is writing the statement of purpose. I am approaching my 6th draft for each of the statements.

Along with graduate school applications, I am also applying to jobs. I will probably be applying to jobs for the next couple of months. Once I complete the graduate school applications, I will concentrate on sending out cover letters and resumes. My internship experience at Purdue Rec Sports has really sparked my interest in applying to positions within the campus recreation field.

October has not been filled with all work and no play. Purdue’s Homecoming was this past weekend. I was able to chat with some alumni at the HHS tent before the football game. It is so inspiring to see the many enthusiastic alumni that always come back for Homecoming weekend. It was even more exciting to see Purdue Football win! ☺

Boiler Up!

--- Jaci Reiter

Purdue Does it Again

Last weekend, Purdue once again did not disappoint, as country singer Luke Bryan performed at Elliot Hall of Music…and boy did he deliver. Luke Bryan, currently on his “Tailgates and Tan Lines” tour, made an additional stop to play at Purdue, after being contacted by Purdue’s Convocations Committee.

Accompanied by special guests Lee Brice, Josh Thompson, and Matt Mason, who also all put on amazing performances, Luke Bryan took the stage on Saturday, to perform for a sold out Purdue crowd. (At least that’s what he said on stage!) The show consisted of an unbelievable light show, which immediately got the crowd going, and kept them on their feet for the duration of the concert. He had more energy and put on a better performance than anyone that I have ever seen live. He also didn’t just play his songs, he also performed songs such as “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa, “Replay” by Iyaz, and “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga. On top of that, the concert started at 8:00 PM and went all the way until 12:15 AM!

Purdue’s Convocations Committee has yet to disappoint the student body this year, with grabbing big names like Luke Bryan and Lupe Fiasco to play on campus. I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeve next!

--- Sam Shaner

Homecoming Weekend with Luke Bryan

To celebrate Homecoming weekend, a group of friends and I put on our flannel shirts to attend the Luke Bryan CMT Tailgate and Tanlines Concert. Last time Luke Bryan was at Purdue was three years ago when he opened for Dierks Bentley. This time around, he was the headliner to a sold out crowd. Opening acts included great performances from Matt Mason, Josh Thompson, and Lee Brice. I have never seen a crowd at Elliot so animated when Luke Bryan stepped foot onto the stage and as he continued throughout the night.

I also want to mention that this was not your average country concert. He incorporated a variety of genres into the show-including Bad Romance by Lady Gaga, Enter Sandman by Metallica, and even Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot. Luke Bryan is extremely talented at what he loves to do and knows how to entertain his fans. It was by far the best concert I have ever been to!

--- Kim Ziarko

Time is Flying By . . . .

Wow! I cannot believe this semester is already halfway over and that I will be signing up for my last semester at Purdue by the end of this month! Time is flying by and I am constantly on the go. I think this is the busiest I have ever been. My class schedule is packed and I am working on finishing up my honors project and trying to decide which dietetic internships I want to apply to. Although times are crazy I am enjoying every second of it.

Last month I went to the Lupe Fiasco concert and the Purdue vs. Notre Dame game. Even though the game was a little bit of a letdown the concert was a blast (It was my first rap concert, haha). Also, this past weekend I went to a corn maze with a group of friends which was a lot of fun and we are planning on making a trip down to Indy next month to go rock climbing at Climb Time!

I am so excited that it is my senior year but I am starting to get sad thinking about leaving Purdue. We just had someone sign the lease on the house that my roommates and I have been living in for the past couple of yearsL. It’s also weird to keep hearing about friends having job interviews and offers, I feel like we all grew up way too fast! Although I feel like time has flown I am excited about getting out into the real world to start my career as a dietitian. I am starting to get anxious about the internship process and it drives me insane that we will not know if/where we will be placed until April 1st!

Happy fall everyone and Boiler Up!

--- Teryn

Thursday, October 20, 2011

So much has been going on!

Recently, I went to the Purdue versus Notre Dame football game. This was my first time going to a football game since my freshman year! I know, I’m crazy! But let me tell you, I now know what I was missing for the last two football seasons! Football games are such a great way to come out and support our athletes and show school spirit. The energy from the All American Marching Band gets the crowd and the student section all pumped and ready to cheer on our Boilermakers! It’s also a bunch of fun saying the cheers with the student section and getting tossed in the air when we get a touchdown. I highly recommend getting football tickets or a VIP pass as a student. They are definitely worth it!

Well I better get back to studying for my exam coming up! Talk to you guys later!

--- Alyssa Schnaus

It's Sponto Time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that we have reached the halfway mark of the semester (WHAT?!) everyone seems to have fallen into a "normal" routine. Get up, go to class, do some homework, head to the gym, study, eat dinner, sleep, repeat. Sometimes, we just need to break up the routine a little bit and get spontaneous! Hence, the sponto is born. A sponto is essentially a surprise dance. Sunday night we all went down to dinner to find our dining room decorated completely in pink, and Barbie's face was plastered on anything that would stand still long enough! We each got a letter that told us there would be a dance the next night with a Barbie and Ken theme. We had 24 hours to find a great costume and a Ken! Let me tell you, "types of Barbie" has never been Googled so much in one twenty four hour period, and my date and I decided on being nerd Barbie and Ken. We arrived at the house on Monday night where we were joined by all kinds of Barbie and Ken couples-- prom Barbie and Ken, wedding Barbie and Ken, Pocahontas and John Smith Barbie and Ken, hunter Barbie and Ken, and even viking Barbie and Ken! We hopped on buses and headed to the Muse in Lafayette, where we had a great night laughing hysterically at each other's costumes, brainstorming more Barbie and Ken ideas, catching up with each other, and generally forgetting about homework for the night. The middle of the semester is definitely full of responsibility, but it's definitely necessary to get spontaneous with your sisters every once in awhile!

--- Hailey Wilson

Friday, October 7, 2011

This past Friday night was one of the most exciting concerts I have ever performed in my college career. This is my first semester being a member of the Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra since in the past I was a member of the Purdue Wind Ensemble instead. We performed at 8pm at the Long Center, a music hall located across the bridge in West Lafayette. We performed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, one of the most popular and best-known compositions in all of classical music. We worked extremely hard to be able to perform this difficult piece of music and it was so rewarding to see the audience’s overwhelmingly positive response and standing ovation at the end of the symphony. We also performed a piece called “Estancia”, written by Alberto Evaristo Ginastera and a “Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra” by Debussy, another well-known French composer.

Another exciting performance we had this semester was on September 16th when we were able to perform with the Lafayette Ballet Company in their ballroom. The dancers performed alongside us in “Estancia” as well as the Debussy piece. This was very exciting to be able to perform with these impressive dancers and provide live music for them to perform to. It was challenging to coordinate the timing and rhythm with what they had been practicing to and we had been rehearsing but it ended up being one of the most exciting and entertaining performances I have yet to be a part of.

--- Kaylie

And Break…!

Fall here at Purdue is beautiful! Believe it or not, it makes the campus look even prettier. The leaves are beginning to change and Saturdays are becoming the perfect tailgate weather! While us students are already busy cheering on the Boilers, taking exams, and becoming involved in many activities, we are looking forward to Fall Break. There are students who are going on a retreat with Purdue Christian Campus House, testing their luck in Las Vegas, traveling miles away to visit their families, wine tasting at a newly opened winery, or simply staying at Purdue for much needed relaxation.

To me, Fall Break is the first chance we have at getting our minds off of our busy lives and truly indulging in relaxation. During my break, I will be trying on many bridesmaids dresses to find the perfect one. My beautiful sister is getting married in April and I cannot wait to be standing right next to her. I am so blessed to be welcoming a brand new big brother and am so excited to watch their lives unfold.

While this four day break will go by way too quickly, I will be coming back to football games, barn dance, Halloween, dance marathon, and much more! I couldn’t be more in love with college.

Boiler Up!

--- Jacey

Nursing Clinicals

My semester thus far has been nothing short of a whirlwind. I am so glad to finally have a break to myself! I never expected to be so academically challenged during my first semester of clinicals. I’ve always heard that nursing was a tough major, but I always thought that was a gross exaggeration. Nope! I was wrong - this major really is as tough as they say.

What people don’t usually hear is how rewarding it is. Last Thursday, I gave a shot for the first time to a classmate. This week, I administered several flu shots to employees and clients at a nursing home. Knowing that I helped actual people is so encouraging, and I loved every minute of it! (I might also have the LMFAO song permanently stuck in my head.)Aside my one-time flu shot clinic, I go to the Veteran’s home almost every week for my clinical, and I always leave the place smiling. The clients there are the kindest people, and the compliments never get old. The employees are also so helpful and inspiring. I can definitely see myself in their shoes someday.

So this week, I had the most difficult test I have ever taken and then the most fun and rewarding experience. After giving flu shots today, I definitely know the agony of classes and exams will be worth it in the end.
TGIOB (Thank God it’s October Break)!

--- Mary Jacobs

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Exciting Times!

This semester brings many exciting opportunities for me. I have just completed my first week as a Fitness Management Intern at Purdue’s Division of Recreational Sports. As a Public Health Promotion major, I am required to complete a 500-hour internship. I will complete this internship throughout the academic year. I am currently working on a project for a new program Rec Sports will offer. My supervisor and I are hoping the program will be up and running next semester. The Rec is going through a large renovation, so I am very excited at the opportunity to work with them at a time like this.

The rest of my semester will be devoted to cranking out graduate school applications. It is crazy how fast these last four years have gone. I wish I could stay at Purdue forever. When I’m not in class, working or filling out applications, I hope to fit in a little fun.

This last weekend was the Purdue versus Notre Dame football game. On my trek to the tailgating fields, I was overwhelmed with the amount of Purdue Pride. It was awesome to see everyone so pumped up. This game was also our only night game of the season, so everyone was even more excited about extra time for tailgating. My dad came down for the game and brought some Notre Dame fans with him. We all had a great time, even though Purdue lost :(

Boiler Up!

--- Jaci Reiter

Cooperative Housing - Not Just a College Experience...A Lifetime Experience!

Classes are well underway at this point in the semester, and most everyone has had their first exam in their classes! College isn’t just about going to class, doing homework, and taking exams though – a HUGE part of the college experience is getting involved socially!

When I first looked into coming to Purdue I was wondering – it’s SO BIG – how will I ever get involved, and where should I live!? There are so many options to choose from: dorms, sororities, fraternities, cooperative houses, apartments – the list could go on and on. Finally, I settled on an option, and I now live in a Cooperative house called Twin Pines! You may be asking yourself, “What in the heck is a cooperative house?” Well, I am here to answer that! It is a house full of girls (there are guy houses too!), who live, cook, clean, and have tons of fun together! It is similar in many ways to the general idea of a sorority – we have recruitment, pledge ship, paddles, Big Sis’s, functions with other boys’ co-op houses and/or fraternities, philanthropies, and we play intramural sports too! The biggest thing that sets us apart from other group living styles is that we have meal duties where we cook for the whole house with one or two other girls about twice a week, and we help clean a small part of the house about an hour a week. By doing this, it is IMMENSELY cheaper than many other options! We are also much smaller than a typical sorority – my house had 29 girls, so you get to know everyone really well! We have a new pledge class this year – and it’s been so much fun getting to know all the new girls, and to see them beginning to fall in love with this house like I have. I LOVE living at Twin Pines so much, and I would never want to have lived this past year and a half anywhere else. I have made some of my best friends through living in a cooperative house - and really, no matter where you live, you're bound to meet some awesome people!!

--- Ariel Demoret

Monday, October 3, 2011

Getting used to my Schedule

This month has been very busy for me. I am getting used to classes, research, work, and extracurricular activies and sometimes it can get a little stressful, but I think that it will be okay once I get used to it.

Classes have been great, last week we had our first exams and I did pretty well on them. Research is getting interesting, because now I am familiar with the lab. Before, I had trouble with the assignments that I had to do and that caused me some trouble. Working in the library is awesome, because I can do homework and study while at work.

Last but not least, my extra-curricular activities are full in effect. I participate in four clubs on campus and they are all pretty active, so with the extra time I have it goes to the club. Even though I am really busy and somewhat stressed out, I am enjoying every minute of my life.

--- Ciatu Fahnbulleh

Flash through September

September has been a great month for me. I have done many activities with school and my extracurricular activities. In school this month, I survived my first round of exams and began working in a Behavioral Neuroscience lab.

In my extracurricular activities, I have done many things this month. It started with a great Labor day weekend spent with family and friends. I cooked African dishes for Global Fest, a cultural festival hosted by the Morton Center here in Lafayette and had a barbecue with the African Student Association.

As a Purdue Promise Mentor, I have met my new Purdue Promise mentees and have done many activities with them on campus.

Lastly, I have done two Ambassador events which included Family Day and the Dean's Club Reception. All these events have been a blast to do and I cannot wait to see what next month will bring me!

--- Ciana Fahnbulleh

Playing Harder

It's no question that college is a lot of hard work and can indeed be tough at times. After a tough week of exams and papers, it is finally the weekend. All of that hard work is going to be worth it, because this weekend, Lupe Fiasco is performing at Purdue and Purdue is playing Notre Dame in football!

Purdue Convocations has a history of bringing big name artists to perform on campus. In the past 4 years, some of the artists that have performed include: Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, Lady Antebellum, Jason Mraz, Dierks Bently, and Snoop Dogg. This weekend’s performance will be no different. Lupe Fiasco’s Generation Laser Tour is stopping at Purdue tonight! Lupe Fiasco will be performing with the New Boyz, Sarah Green, and a few other guests as well. Big name artists, such as these allow Purdue to make tons of money and also give students a break from rigorous schoolwork.

The Purdue vs. Notre Dame game is also being played at Purdue on Saturday. The rivalry between these two teams dates back for many years and is always an exciting match up to watch. To add a little extra excitement, the game is also being played at night!

So even when times get tough, you just have to remember that there is always something to look forward to. In my case, I have been looking forward to this weekend for weeks! The combination of the Lupe Fiasco concert and the football game will definitely make this a weekend to never forget.

--- Sam Shaner

A Thousand Miles a Minute ....

As usual, I feel like this semester has been going a thousand miles a minute. This semester started with sorority recruitment, which any girl that is Greek can tell you is a bit overwhelming, but so worth it! We ended up getting a fabulous new pledge class full of girls that I am sure will strengthen our chapter. It’s so exciting to see our house grow. Besides that, I have also been kicking off a lot of new chapters in my life. This semester I have begun being the secretary for my honorary, Sigma Alpha Lambda, which has been a lot of fun. It’s been really beneficial to be on the other end of things this year; being an officer is giving me so many opportunities to help the group make positive changes.

Other than that, I am glad to say that I have finally finished my first round of papers and exams! After tedious studying and way too much time spent in the library, I feel pretty good about how they went. Now I just can’t wait to relax a bit and have fun this weekend at the Notre Dame game!

Boiler up!

--- Colleen Troke